June 30, 1936 - November 25, 2019
With deep sadness, we announce that our mother Olga, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on November 25, 2019 at the age of 83 years.
She is survived by her children: David (Heather), Darryl (Karen) and Dale; grandchildren: Justin & Amber; sisters: Hilda and Cathy; brothers Randel & Terry and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mom was the eldest daughter of a family of six children living in Winnipeg’s north end. She was proud of her Ukrainian ancestry and remained fluent in the language her whole life. She was also adept at cooking iconic Ukrainian dishes; her holopchi, potato pancakes and perogies were delicious beyond belief. Holidays like Ukrainian Christmas and Thanksgiving were that much more special because we knew we would soon be feasting on these tantalizing dishes.
Mom raised three boys on her own while attending night school, and was rightfully proud when she obtained her high school diploma, and from there went on to achieve a Bachelor of Teaching degree with Winnipeg Education Centre and Brandon University. She taught elementary school at William Whyte for a number of years, and then to Strathcona School where she finished her career.
Mom was a born teacher and loved her job, and her students loved her right back. After she retired, when she was shopping at Garden City Shopping Centre it was a common occurrence for former students to spot her and call, “Mrs. Dick, Mrs. Dick” and come running to give her a hug and almost always tell her that she had been their favourite teacher.
She was also a big animal lover and could never turn away a stray. At one point we had 7 cats and 2 dogs! Mom’s special cat though was Sasha, a stray tabby that needed a forever home. One look at her and Mom was hooked. She and Sasha were together for 18 years, and Mom never stopped missing her.
Mom had a big heart and was genuinely kind and caring, consistently putting others’ interests ahead of her own, sometimes to her own disadvantage and this has never changed. She would be the first to help when it was needed and we loved her for it. And she gave us, her sons, unconditional love. No matter what the circumstances, we knew Mom would be there for us. It was a beautiful gift that will be with us always. Though we miss her terribly, we know that she is at peace and happy to be reunited with Sasha and Baba. Goodbye Mom until we’re all together again. We love you forever.
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